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2019 iPhones reportedly dash our USB-C hopes and dreams

2019 iPhones reportedly dash our USB-C hopes and dreams

For years now, Apple has relied on its proprietary Lightning connector for iPhone and iPad charging, but when the company started shipping modern MacBooks that support USB-C, that led to a lot of speculation that Apple's mobile devices were next. In the case of the iPad, that turned out to be true, as the latest iPad Pro features charging and over USB-C. That leaves the iPhone as the next in line for a USB-C makeover, but a new report suggests that such a change won't be coming anytime soon.

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V-MODA SpeakEasy Lightning cable has integrated amp and DAC

V-MODA SpeakEasy Lightning cable has integrated amp and DAC

V-MODA has launched its new SpeakEasy DAC/AMP Lightning cable, a cord featuring a built-in amplifier and digital-to-analog converter technology, offering users access to top tier audio quality over a wired connection. Apple notoriously removed the iPhone headphone jack in the relatively recent past, leaving users with Bluetooth or a Lightning audio cable as their only options.

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Mophie’s new portable battery can be charged with a Lightning cable

Mophie’s new portable battery can be charged with a Lightning cable

Mophie has launched its new Powerstation with Lightning Connector, a 5050mAh external battery featuring both USB-A ports and Apple's Lightning port. With this, Apple users can charge the battery using the same Lightning cable they use with their iPhone, iPad, and AirPods. The Powerstation itself can be used to recharge any USB device, including USB headphones, any smartphone, and more.

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New iPad Pro 2018 official with USB-C, Face ID, flat sides

New iPad Pro 2018 official with USB-C, Face ID, flat sides

Today Apple revealed a newly redesigned iPad Pro for 2018 with no home button and USB-C on its bottom. The Apple Pencil magnetically sticks to its side, and there's a giant camera on its back. This iPad Pro comes with some rather interesting sharper edges than previous iPads, and it's got an LCD up front that covers more of the front side than any iPad before - there's still a bezel, but it's smaller than it's been in the past.

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EU wants to crack down of phone chargers, Lightning in danger

EU wants to crack down of phone chargers, Lightning in danger

The European Union seems ready to flex its muscles to steer the mobile market ship, perhaps emboldened by its successful case against Google and Android. This time, it’s turning its sights on something it already thought was a closed case years ago: mobile phone chargers. Despite the growing use of the USB-C standard on smartphones, the EU thinks that the adoption is not only slow but also not enough. And considering that Apple remains the only one with a proprietary connector, its Lightning technology stands to lose the most.

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These new Mophie batteries charge with your iPhone’s cable

These new Mophie batteries charge with your iPhone’s cable

Mophie has a new range of Powerstation external batteries that can recharge via Apple Lightning, cutting down the number of power adapters iPhone users need to carry. Four new Mophie Powerstations are being launched today, with batteries running the gamut from 20 hours more runtime for your iPhone X, though to more than 18 hours for a thirsty iPad.

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Belkin Boost Charge 10K power bank recharges with Lightning cable

Belkin Boost Charge 10K power bank recharges with Lightning cable

Belkin has launched a new power bank that charges using a Lightning, rather than USB, port. The device is marketed directly at iPhone and iPad owners who likely already carry a Lightning cable around but don't want to add a USB cable into the mix. According to Belkin, this is the first power bank of its kind to recharge with the Lightning connector.

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If iPhone X Plus has no cord, which Android will follow?

If iPhone X Plus has no cord, which Android will follow?

The next version of the iPhone will probably have a Lightning USB cord with USB-C on the other end - but after that? Imagine a world without cords. Now that we've got the ability to transmit power from one device to the other without cords, with wireless charging pads, what's left for reasons to keep cords at all? Surely only speed - since we can also transfer all the data we'd like with technologies like Bluetooth.

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New iPhone said to ditch Lightning for USB-C in 2019

New iPhone said to ditch Lightning for USB-C in 2019

Apple's iPhone could be in for a big change next year. Rumor has it that Apple is considering switching its iPhone lineup from Lightning to USB-C for charging. We've heard whispers about the future of Lightning before, of course, but Apple's decision to go all-in on USB-C with its MacBooks further lends credibility to the claim that iPhone will follow suit.

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USB-C to Lightning cable price cut suggests an Apple change afoot

USB-C to Lightning cable price cut suggests an Apple change afoot

Apple's USB-C to Lightning cable has seen a quiet price cut, dropping in price by almost a quarter amid rumors of a shake up in iPhone and iPad charging. Although Apple includes a USB-A to Lightning cable in the box with each iPhone and iPad, it has also had an option for those wanting faster charging, just as long as they're willing to pay up.

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iOS 11.4 USB Restricted Mode will give police a headache

iOS 11.4 USB Restricted Mode will give police a headache

Apple has already fallen afoul of law enforcement because its hard stance on encryption and protecting users' privacy, no matter who that user may be. The company and authorities are almost playing a game of cat and mouse, with police doing everything to thwart Apple's safeguards, even going as far as using dead people's fingers. Apple might soon be stepping up its game once more with the upcoming iOS 11.4's new USB Restricted Mode feature, which will practically disable USB data connection if an iPhone has not been unlocked for 7 days.

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Node is the iPhone’s Lightning port holy grail

Node is the iPhone’s Lightning port holy grail

The cross I wish the iPad pro came with in the first place is set to be delivered by the folks at ILOVEHANDLES. They've created NODE, a "multi-charger" that has two outs and two ins - that's 2x Lightning plugs and 2x Lightning jacks. Plug it in to basically any iOS device and it'll allow more than one device to be plugged in after it.

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